Businesses can hear first-hand from renowned and respected TV architect George Clarke about how they can benefit from his ground-breaking new building initiative launched in partnership with Teesside University.

A special event is being held next Tuesday (May 23) where employers can hear about the Ministry of Building Innovation (MOBI), a suite of multi-disciplinary courses at all levels to attract new and innovative ideas and people into the building industry.

MOBI was officially launched earlier this month and is aimed at kickstarting a fundamental change to the home building industry, attracting new generations into the profession.

Tuesday’s event will be of particular interest to anyone connected to the building industry, including developers, interior designers, urban planners, architects, estate agents and house-builders, as well as teachers and educators.

George said: “Up until now there were no courses which were dedicated to advanced thinking about homes.

“We want lots of people with lots of knowledge from different fields to come together under the MOBI roof at Teesside University to push advanced thinking about what ‘home’ means.”

Teesside University has developed a suite of courses in Advanced Home Construction starting with a Higher National Certificate and Diploma, an undergraduate degree programme, BSc (Hons) Advanced Home Construction (top up) and a postgraduate degree course – MSc Advanced Home Futures.

The courses take a new look at the building industry and offer a broad-based practical approach which aims to attract learners from different disciplines, not just traditional architecture and enable students to explore a variety of specialisms, allowing them to challenge the status quo.

Students will engage with industry and explore the concept of home, different aspects of living spaces, digital solutions to create innovative approaches to address the issues of the built environment.

Laura Woods, Director of The Forge, Teesside University’s business hub, said: “Since MOBI was launched earlier this month it has well and truly captured the public imagination.

“It’s an exciting, ground-breaking venture, and we’re looking forward to working with employers to help them get the most from it.”

The MOBI employers event takes place on Tuesday, 23 May, from 5.30pm to 7.00pm in The Curve at Teesside University. Anyone who would like to attend the free event can register here –